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2015:

21 Aug: JfJfP on Jeremy Corbyn

29 July: Letter to Evening Standard about its shoddy reporting

24 April: Letter to FIFA about Israeli football

15 April: Letter re Ed Miliband and Israel

11 Jan: Letter to the Guardian in response to Jonathan Freedland on Charlie Hebdo

2014:

15 Dec: Chanukah: Celebrating the miracle of holy oil not military power

1 Dec: Executive statement on bill to make Israel the nation state of the Jewish people

25 Nov: Submission to All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism

7 Sept: JfJfP Executive statement on Antisemitism

3 Aug: Urgent disclaimer

19 June Statement on the three kidnapped teenagers

25 April: Exec statement on Yarmouk

28 Mar: EJJP letter in support of Dutch pension fund PGGM's decision to divest from Israeli banks

24 Jan: Support for Riba resolution

16 Jan: EJJP lobbies EU in support of the EU Commission Guidelines, Aug 2013–Jan 2014

2013:

29 November: JfJfP, with many others, signs a "UK must protest at Bedouin expulsion" letter

November: Press release, letter to the Times and advert in the Independent on the Prawer Plan

September: Briefing note and leaflet on the Prawer Plan

September: JfJfP/EJJP on the EU guidelines with regard to Israel

14th June: JfJfP joins other organisations in protest to BBC

2nd June: A light unto nations? - a leaflet for distribution at the "Closer to Israel" rally in London

24 Jan: Letter re the 1923 San Remo convention

18 Jan: In Support of Bab al-Shams

17 Jan: Letter to Camden New Journal about Veolia

11 Jan: JfJfP supports public letter to President Obama

Comments in 2012 and 2011

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How to lobby your MP

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With acknowledgements to CAABU


Lobbying your MP Effectively

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HOW TO MEET YOUR MP

Find out who your local MP is on the They Work for You website, or by telephoning the House of Commons Information Office on 020 7219 4272. They will ask you for your full postcode in order to verify which constituency you live in.

Contact your MP as soon as possible and arrange a meeting with them. Most MPs hold weekly advice surgeries for constituents, frequently on a Friday but this may vary. You can call the House of Commons on 0207 219 3000 or call the constituency office number which will be found on your local MP’s website. Explain briefly to their staff why you are requesting a meeting.

With the General Election approaching it may also be worth contacting the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) standing in your constituency. You can visit the website of UK Polling Report to discover who the leading PPCs in your area are, and you will be able to arrange a meeting or telephone conversation with them to discuss the issues that are of interest to you, when deciding who to vote for.

HOW TO LOBBY EFFECTIVELY

Be as constructive as possible. MPs regularly say to us that in the past constituents have used the lobbies as arena to vent anger. You need to ask what constructive things he/she can do to try and alleviate the plight.

Always stay calm and composed. Even if your MP says things that you do not agree with, do don’t react aggressively and be polite and tolerant. Consider them to be on your side, not adversaries. Your point comes across more effectively if you build a calm, rational argument.

Know what you are going to say and research. Try to make sure that everything you say is factually correct and that you can back it up. If you use statistics that are exaggerated or unsubstantiated then you will immediately lose the attention of your MP.

Be specific and concise. See our briefing material for the issues to highlight, and choose which key points you feel more comfortable making. Stick to one or two major points and lay out your argument in a short and succinct fashion before asking your MP what you would like them to do on the matter. It helps the issue enormously if all of the MPs hear the same issues raised, if there are too many, or if you go off on a tangent, the lobby looses focus.

Request constructive action. Ask them to raise a question in the House of Commons, write to Foreign Secretary or sign a particular Early Day Motion (EDM) on the issue.

Follow up and feedback. Send a written thank you letter to your MP a week or so after the meeting. Very briefly reiterate your points, and if your MP promised a particular course of action, say that you look forward to hearing back from them.

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